28 Sep 2013

Sport: Tahiti tipped to continue historic Beach Soccer run

6:04 am on 28 September 2013

Oceania Football believes Tahiti are capable of continuing their dream run at the Beach Soccer World Cup, where they stand just one game away from qualifying for the grand final.

The Tiki Toa will meet defending champions Russia in today's semi finals after beating Argentina to become the first Pacific island nation to reach the final four.

The Tiki Toa will be without the suspended Raimana Li Fung Kuee and Heimanu Taiarui but Oceania Football's Beach Soccer and Futsal Development Officer Paul Toohey says the home side still have a lot of things in their favour.

"They've been together alot, they've played a lot, and they just seem to be building momentum. Russia have been a little bit - they've had a couple of players missing and they haven't fired on all guns and they've had a couple of difficult games actually but again we know from World Cups in football that often teams don't really start to perform until when it really matters in the semi final but no I do think Tahiti are a realistic chance, especially with the fantastic home crowd support."

Brazil will meet Spain in the second semi final, with the championship match to be played tomorrow.